Dr. Afton Chavez is a southwest native who grew up in Albuquerque, NM. She graduated summa cum laude from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University with a BA in Global Health and a minor in Spanish. She is a triple Ivy League board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, starting with medical school at Dartmouth College, dermatology residency at Brown University and ACMS fellowship training through the Harvard Beth Israel Lahey Health program. In residency, she served as the chief of cosmetics, where she dedicated extra time to mastering aesthetic procedures. During fellowship, she trained under top dermatologic surgeons to become an expert in cutaneous oncology and advanced facial reconstruction techniques.
Dr. Chavez has published over 15 articles and textbook chapters and has been awarded a number of national and international leadership and community service accolades. Because of her interests in global public health, Dr. Chavez trained in medical Spanish in Ecuador and Guatemala, created a WHO-award-winning public health campaign in Nicaragua, and spent a year living in Botswana, Africa, participating in a health informatics research fellowship. She is passionate about innovation in dermatology and strives to provide cutting-edge care while advancing the field of dermatology. She was an intern at the Fogarty Institute for Innovation as well as a scholar for the Advancing Innovation in Dermatology Virtual Magic Wand program. She also enjoys integrative dermatology, social media and wilderness dermatology.
Her philosophy on patient care is to provide an individualized approach that considers the whole patient with compassion and respect. Her goal is to help patients achieve comfort and confidence in their skin, so they can live their best lives.
Outside of work, Dr. Chavez enjoys yoga, hiking, cycling, snowboarding and cross-country skiing with her partner, Trevor, and their Aussiedoodle pup, Rufio.